The governor Nello Musumeci has fulfilled the dream of many Sicilian politicians. He separated the island from Italy and, not enough, the Sicilians from Sicily. About a hundred people are parked at the embarkations of Villa San Giovanni in an attempt to return home. No way. The ex missino governor elected with the center-right in November 2017 does not intend to let returning emigrants pass because of the risk that they spread the Coronavirus.
In his work he can count on the help of mayor of Messina Cateno De Luca, another Sicilian fundamentalist ready to wrap himself in the Giallorossi flag of Trinacria but uncompromising on the closure of borders and the fight against illegal immigrants, including fellow villagers. De Luca said he was ready to welcome the refugees with the barricades, if they showed up at the ferry landing. Governor and mayor have announced in unison that they wash their hands, a highly hygienic operation, and that the re-entrants are entrusted to the care of local Calabrian authorities.
On the night of Tuesday 24 March some families with children were ferried and the waiting list dropped from around 230 at the peak of Monday 23 March to 80-100 on Wednesday 25. Only residents of the island are attempting the passage that have seen construction sites and companies close, no longer have housing and, in some cases, wages.
They left that the latest government decree was still pending and went out of law. The hypothesis of being sent to isolation from their homes, perhaps with a dedicated path, has not been taken into consideration.
The stop to the neo-illegal immigrants of Villa applies, in a bizarre way and eighty years later, the isolationist theories of the politician Andrea Finocchiaro Aprile and the deeds of the protagonist of the novel Horcynus Orca, 'Ndria Cambria, the war veteran who tries to cross the sea of the Strait. But the directing of Musumeci and De Luca endangers a network of necessities that the provision of the Sicilian junta has cut short.
Once again, the sick pay. Those who went to Catania for cancer treatment will have to stay on the continent and look for another space. The dialysis of the Calabrian shore who were forced to go to Messina for the cuts to the Asp department of Reggio, dissolved and commissariat for mafia infiltrations, will aggravate the shifts of the Ospedali Riuniti, already besieged by the Covid-19 emergency.
Yet it is strange that a solution cannot be found for a few dozen transfugees stopped at Villa. Ruggero Razza, Councilor for Health, announced on March 20 that there were over 37 thousand Sicilians who returned and voluntarily registered on the portal of the region, a figure that appears underestimated compared to reality. Lax with many, today Sicilian rulers use an iron fist with the few.